What is a Thigh Lift?
The Thigh Lift procedure effectively removes excess skin and fat in the thigh area to improve the appearance of the thighs. This procedure may be beneficial to both women and men. A combination of liposuction and excision may be used in this procedure to accomplish the desired results of each patient who desires to improve the contour of their thigh areas.
Who is a Thigh Lift Candidate?
Any woman or man who is dissatisfied with the current condition of their thighs, and is motivated for change, may be a good candidate for this procedure. Common potential patients are those who have excess skin on their thighs from extreme weight loss. Others may have excessive skin from natural aging. Ultimately, anyone who is dissatisfied with their current legs and is motivated for change may be a candidate for this procedure.
Thigh Lift Surgery Pre-Op and Post-Op
How do I prepare for my Thigh Lift?
Your surgeon will give you specific instruction on how to prepare for surgery, including guidelines on eating and drinking, smoking, and taking or avoiding certain vitamins, and medications. If you smoke, plan to quit at least four weeks before your surgery and not to resume for at least six weeks after your surgery. Do not go on a stringent diet before surgery and if you develop a cold or infection of any kind, your surgery will probably be postponed. Your surgery will last 3-5 hours on an outpatient basis and you should arrange for someone to drive you home and assist with your care for a day or two after you leave the hospital, if needed.
What happens during a Thigh Lift?
After considering all variables in your personal anatomy, skin, and desired results, Dr Paydar will make incisions at key locations along the thighs. Anesthesia will be administered during the operation to treat the natural pain of surgery. From the incisions, liposuction and excision may be used to remove excess fat, skin, and tissue. The treated areas are then properly sutured and dressed for complete healing.
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What is the Thigh Lift Recovery Process?
You can expect to feel discomfort and irritation at the incision locations. Pain medication will be prescribed to help treat these natural postoperative effects. It is natural to experience tightness, bruising, and swelling at the treated thigh areas. Compression garments may be given to you to help secure the healing areas after your operation. Recovery times vary from patient to patient. You may expect to be walking within the first week of recovery. Returning to work, however, is not suggested until three weeks. Avoid exercise and physically stressful activities for at least six weeks after the surgery to ensure that treated areas are healed and able to withstand the pressures of physical exertion.
What are the Risks of a Thigh Lift?
Post-operative complications such as infection, leg swelling, and blood clots are rare, but can occur. Poor healing, which results in conspicuous scars, may necessitate a second operation. Smokers should be advised to stop, as smoking may increase the risk of complications and delay healing. Incisions near the groin could pull on the labia majora in females and the vertical scars are noticeable if shorts or short skirts are worn in the future. You can reduce your risk of complications by closely following your surgeon’s instructions before and after the surgery, especially with regard to when and how you should resume physical activity.